Orange County Cosmetic Dentistry Blog by Dr. Joseph Henry

Cosmetic Dentist Serving Tustin, Orange, Santa Ana & Other Areas of Orange County

October 21, 2014

You have heard the saying “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”.

Did you ever consider how much your smile plays in that first encounter with someone.  Whether it is a first date, a job interview, meeting the future in-laws, or any other time when you meet someone for the very first time.  Do you know someone who covers their mouth when they laugh or when photographed?  Have you ever seen a picture of a celebrity who has everything going on, hair extensions, breast implants, botox, facelifts-but their teeth are a hot mess?  So why do you think someone’s smile or teeth are not a priority as the rest of the body...

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December 04, 2012

The New York Times reported yesterday that insomnia may be linked to difficulty breathing when a person is supposed to be asleep.  Citing a study from the Journal of Sleep, a joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society, the Times is reporting that chronic insomniacs wake upwards of thirty times a night with 90% of each waking event being preceded by a drop in oxygen saturation levels caused by an obstruction in breathing. This obstruction is likely located in the upper airway (throat or nasal passages).  The chronic insomniac experiences a microarrousal in order to take a breath when oxygen...

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November 06, 2012

Our patient and friend Noreen is smiling again.  She sought out our Orange County cosmetic dental practice to have the smile makeover she has always wanted.  Noreen was unhappy with the dingy color of her smile and her crooked teeth.  She wanted a younger looking smile.  Using 10 porcelain veneers and all ceramic crowns she was able to have the smile she dreamed of.  The porcelain veneers and crowns have a very lifelike...

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May 22, 2012

The New York Times reported on May 20th that two independent studies have shown that sleep apnea is linked to a higher incidence of cancer. One study was conducted at the University of Wisconsin found that a person suffering from severe sleep apnea was 4.8 times more likely to die from cancer than someone who did not suffer from sleep apnea. People with moderate sleep apnea were found to be twice as likely to die from cancer. Doctors conducting the study suspect that the low oxygen levels associated with sleep apnea during sleep are linked to the development of cancerous tumors.

A Spanish study...

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May 22, 2012

Many of my Orange County patients ask me if I can improve their smiles by doing a smile makeover using Lumineers.  The company that makes Lumineers has done a fabulous job marketing their product and bringing it to the public’s attention.  They have also helped raise awareness of how important a smile is in one's personal and professional life.  Lumineers will in some cases improve the appearance of a smile, but it is not the most predictable method to achieve the greatest amount of esthetic improvement of a smile. Because Lumineers add thickness to the outside of a tooth, unless teeth need to be...

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October 17, 2011

Felicia’s case is a good one to share with everyone.  She was referred to me by my friend Norm Huefner, a dentist in Laguna Niguel.  Felicia’s case was complex as she suffered from a number of painful TMJ jaw symptoms.  As can be seen in the before picture of Felicia’s smile, her teeth were worn down due to her destructive bite.  She didn’t like the way her teeth looked, but more importantly she was in a great deal of pain and discomfort.  Felicia said “ I’d wake up each morning...

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August 12, 2011

Did you know that as your teeth wear and become ground down the lower portion of your face collapses?  This process adds years to a person’s face.  In some people, it can look like they wear dentures and forgot to put them in that morning!  A person with ground down teeth, most likely caused from a destructive bite, causes the tip of their chin to draw closer to the tip of their nose when their mouth is at rest.    The entire lower third of a persons face will be shorter making facial creases and wrinkles much more prominent.

So, what can be done?  The answer lies in performing the ...

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August 04, 2011

The International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics  (IACA) held its  three day annual meeting in San Diego last week.  Orieen, Debbie, and I met dentists from throughout the world at this high energy dental conference.  We attended classes on neuromuscular dentistrynon surgical facelift, sleep medicine, cosmetic dentistry and were introduced to a number of new technologies available in dentistry.  Keeping abreast of...

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January 20, 2011

Dentists are in a unique position to identify patients who are prone to sleep apnea.  Many signs of sleep apnea are visible in the mouth.  But first, what is sleep apnea.  Typically, when a person sleeps gravity can cause the tongue to fall back in the mouth and block the airway.   The sleep apneic can stop breathing for several seconds causing the patient to wake slightly in order to move the tongue and take a gasping breath.  This can take place a hundred times an hour in patients with severe sleep apnea.

Imagine the toll oxygen deprivation takes on the body, not to mention all the interruptions in the stages of sleep including...

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January 20, 2011

The treatment for sleep apnea after proper diagnosis by a board certified sleep physician is usually CPAP.  A CPAP machine provides positive air pressure to a patient with sleep apnea through a small mask or nose piece.  For those patients with CPAP intolerance or a mild sleep apnea condition an oral appliance may be indicated.  These appliances advance the lower jaw slightly forward keeping the airway open.  Treating your sleep apnea with CPAP therapy or oral appliances is a great way to improve your health, decrease the risk of stroke and heart attack, and improve overall quality of life by eliminating excessive daytime sleepiness. For...

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